Harvard women's basketball heads south to the Sunshine State to take on No. 24/23 South Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University. The Crimson and Bulls square off Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. on Bullsvision (fee), before Harvard matches up against FGCU Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. (ESPN3).
Last Time Out
Texas natives Kit Metoyer and Sydney Skinner led a quartet of double-figure scorers as Harvard upended Rice, 67-61, Saturday night at Tudor Fieldhouse. It marked the third-straight game Metoyer posted double-figures, posting a season-high 15 points and adding six rebounds and four assists. Skinner posted a personal-best 13 points, adding four rebounds. Senior captain AnnMarie Healy and senior Shilpa Tummala chipped in 13 and 11 points, respectively. Healy had a crucial 11 points in the fourth quarter and added a team-high seven boards.
Harvard freshman guards have made an immediate impact, as Sydney Skinner, Madeline Raster and Nani Redford have each started three games. The trio has combined for 13.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game. Raster sits fourth on the team in points scored (7.5 ppg).
From The Parking Lot
Shilpa Tummala owns 2.6 triples per game this season, the most of any Harvard player. Kit Metoyer has connected on 14 triples, ranking second in the conference.
The Crimson returns two starters and seven letterwinners from last year's squad that went 14-14 overall, including senior captain AnnMarie Healy who posted 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Harvard finished the year strong, winning four straight and five of the last seven contests.
Harvard was picked third in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll. The rankings mirror the final standings from last season, where the Crimson went 7-7 in conference play and knotted with Yale for third.
Harvard fell to 20-22 all-time in season openers and 17-17 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.
• South Florida, ranked No. 24/23 in the latest polls, is coming off a 74-70 loss to St. John's Sunday. USF outscored St. John's in the fourth quarter, but was unable to complete the comeback at Carnesecca.
• Senior Courtney Williams paces the Bulls with 28.0 points per game, adding 8.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists. Senior Alisia Jenkins cleans the glass for USF with 13.8 boards, adding 11.2 points per game. The Bulls are outscoring opponents by 8.0 points and outrebounding foes at a +9.8 clip.
• Jose Fernandez starts his 16th season with USF in 2015-16. The Bulls have advanced to 11 postseason tournaments under his tenure, including three NCAA Tournament berths, one of which being the programs first-ever NCAA Tournament during the 2005-06 season.
• This will be the first meeting between Harvard and South Florida.
• Florida Gulf Coast travels to Washington, D.C. before coming home to face the Crimson Saturday. Against Arkansas State, the Eagles were outdone by a season-high 21 turnovers and a 13 percent completion rate from three to fall, 62-48.
• Kaneisha Atwater leads FGCU in scoring and rebounding, posting 15.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Haley Laughter comes in at 11.5 points as the only other double-figure scorer.
• Karl Smesko, who is in the midst of his 14th year with the Eagles, owns a record of 348-70 in Fort Meyers, including a 213-46 mark in Division I. He is a six-time Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year.
• This will be the second meeting between Harvard and Florida Gulf Coast, with the Eagles taking the first meeting, 68-58, Jan. 2, 2015.
It's Up, and It's Good
Harvard broke the record for consecutive games with at least one three-pointer against Dartmouth last year (1/24/15). The Crimson has made at least one three-point field goal in 190-consecutive games dating back to 2008-09. The previous streak (172) began during the 1989-90 season and concluded in 1996-97.
After averaging 4.1 points as a sophomore, forward AnnMarie Healy broke out a year ago, posting 13.4 points per game on 52.0 percent shooting. The Edina, Minnesota native continued the trend in 2015-16, pacing the team with 14.7 points and ranking second with 5.3 rebounds.
Tummala Breaks Out
Shilpa Tummala has upped her average from 5.8 points a season ago to 14.4 points this year. The senior also is averaging a personal and team-best 7.0 rebounds and adds 2.0 assists this season.
Captaining the Ship
Seniors AnnMarie Healy and Kit Metoyer were named captains for 2015-16.
Healy, who also earned the Most Improved Player Award a season ago, upped her averages to 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds as a junior. The Edina, Minnesota native started 25 of 27 games and scored in double-figures 19 times, including a career-high 24 points in a win over Yale.
Metoyer, a Houston product, started eight of 28 games played last year, posting 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. She tallied a season-high 15 points at Cornell and recorded seven-plus points 10 times.
Crimson Colored Ivy
Since women's basketball joined the Ivy League in 1974-75, the Crimson owns a 627-457 record, tops of all Ancient Eight schools. Harvard is the only Ivy League school with a winning record against all other Ivies.
School Overall Wins Harvard vs.
Brown.................... 502............................................... 46-34
Columbia............. 238.................................................. 57-3
Cornell ................. 392............................................... 62-11
Dartmouth......... 558............................................... 44-33
Penn...................... 482............................................... 49-26
Princeton............ 617............................................... 40-36
Yale......................... 481............................................... 48-30
*as of Dec. 1, 2015
The winningest coach in Ivy League basketball history with 536 career victories, head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith passed former Princeton head coach Pete Carril (514) for most wins by an Ancient Eight coach on either the men's or women's side during the 2013-14 season. Delaney-Smith also owns 313 career wins in the conference – the most of any men's or women's coach – with her 300th coming against Yale Feb. 8, 2014.
Delaney-Smith, in her 33rd season at the helm of the Crimson, earned her 500th win in 2013-14, joining a group of 28 active coaches in Division I with at least 500 wins. She is also one of four active Division I head coaches to spend 33-plus years at one institution.
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First to 600
Harvard recorded the 600th win in program history in 2013-14. Harvard was the first Ivy League school and first Division I program in Massachusetts to accomplish the feat. The Crimson was also the first Ivy program to 500 wins (Jan. 30, 2009 against Penn). The Crimson currently sits at 627-455.
Cleaning the Glass
As a team, Harvard is 3-1 when outrebounding opponents this year. A season ago, the Crimson outrebounded its opponent 19 times and owned a 10-9 mark when controlling the glass.
The Crimson overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat NJIT Jan. 18, 2015 - its largest comeback since Feb. 20, 2009 (defeated Princeton, 54-50, after trailing by 22). Harvard won five games a season ago when trailing at the half. The Crimson has won two games this season when trailing at halftime.
Four Crimson players are posting a 40 percent or higher shooting percentage this season (minimum two shots). AnnMarie Healy leads the pack with a scorching 52.9 percent shooting (seventh in conference), followed by Shilpa Tummala at 52.0 percent. Destiny Nunley and Taylor Finley are at a 42.9 and 40.0 clip, respectively.
Harvard sits at 23-18 all-time in Ivy League openers and 20-13 under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. Harvard has opened against Dartmouth in 15-straight seasons, with Harvard holding a 9-6 edge in those contests.
This season, the Crimson are 2-1 away from Lavietes. Harvard has posted .500-or-better records away from home over the last four seasons. Harvard was 8-8 away from Lavietes in 2014-15.
The Crimson owned a 1-0 record in overtime games last season. The Crimson is 13-6 in overtime under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. Harvard played its first contest with extra time since December 2012 against Holy Cross Nov. 25, 2014.
Dating back to the start of 2011-12, the Crimson is 40-5 when holding opponents to less than 60 points and 66-19 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
The Crimson returns home for a matchup against Eastern Michigan Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.